I want to boost skills-based education and help the elderly

In the next general election, (from left) Dr Koh Poh Koon and Mr Darryl David will be contesting in Ang Mo Kio GRC, and Mr Lee Hong Chuang will be contesting in Hougang SMC for the PAP.
In the next general election, (from left) Dr Koh Poh Koon and Mr Darryl David will be contesting in Ang Mo Kio GRC, and Mr Lee Hong Chuang will be contesting in Hougang SMC for the PAP.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Darryl David, 44

Occupation: Deputy director at Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design

Family: Married to a lawyer, 41. They have a son, seven, and a daughter, four.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, Master's in Business Administration from Nanyang Technological University, Master's in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Hobbies: Power walking, reading, swimming and watching movies

Why politics?

I have derived great satisfaction from working as a grassroots leader over the last few years. But I think politics will allow me to continue to serve at a different level and in a different capacity, to better society in a broader way than what I am doing now.

Why you?

I can't answer why I'm qualified for politics without sounding too arrogant, but I hope to be able to serve the people. I have spent time trying to understand the issues that residents and Singaporeans deal with. And, by learning from Members of Parliament, and working with the grassroots, I think I've stored up experiences which will allow me to contribute to society.

What issues will you focus on?

Having more childcare and student care centres is not just a local issue but a national one, so is dealing with an ageing population.

As an educator, I am a big supporter of skills-based education. I've seen what our polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education students are capable of and I think we should continue to push them.

Favourite spot in Singapore?

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, which I live quite close to. My kids and I spend a lot of time there.

I cycle with my boy there about once a week. It's a place where I have a lot of happy family memories.

Rachel Au-Yong


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 16, 2015, with the headline 'I want to boost skills-based education and help the elderly'. Print Edition | Subscribe